Make a Referral
If you are a professional working with a parent, carer or family who could benefit from engaging with our project, you can make a referral to our service. We can offer a volunteer chaperone to help families attend the play session that is right for them, where families can experience the value of making friends, being active and learning about ways to support children’s learning and development. To refer a client, please download and fill out the referral form and return to [email protected]
Hackney Playbus is a highly visible and attractive community resource that invites participation. We have experience working with a range of organisations to raise awareness of their services in the community. If you have an idea for a project, please get in touch at [email protected].
Speech And Language Sessions
Hackney Playbus has been working in partnership with The Children’s Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service since 2014. Speech and Language Therapists come aboard Hackney Playbus sessions that have been specially commissioned to increase engagement with the Speech and Language Therapy Service. The therapists provide advice to parents and carers during our play sessions about how to support children’s speech, language and communication development. This way of working creates opportunities for parents and carers to speak to professionals in a relaxed and informal setting and allows for assessments to be carried out during the Playbus session, rather than in a clinic.
“Being on the Playbus was a great opportunity for us to meet families who we don’t usually get to meet, as some of them don’t access services in their children’s centres. We took the chance to raise the awareness of communication development among the community and we also received some new referrals to SLT, which is fantastic.”
Jenny Marcall, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Playbus Partnering in Action
In 2016 the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Children’s Centres commissioned Hackney Playbus for a substantial outreach project to drive up children’s centre registrations in the borough. The project took place from January to March, with 20 outreach events delivered in partnership with 10 children’s centres in Tower Hamlets. Each event comprised door-to-door outreach in the morning, followed by an afternoon Playbus session. Children’s centre staff attended the Playbus sessions to promote their services and to assist families in completing children’s centre registration forms. Over the course of the project we knocked on hundreds of doors, reached over 415 children and registered 49 new families with their local children’s centre. The success of the project led to subsequent bookings for this outreach package, with Mile End Children’s Centre regularly booking the service as part of their outreach strategy during school holidays.